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The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline

– tekijä: Nancy Springer

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In late nineteenth-century London, fourteen-year-old Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, turns to Florence Nightingale for help when her investigation into the disappearance of a Crimean War widow grows cold.
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Listened with my 11-year-old while on a road trip. We both enjoyed it. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
When Mrs. Tupper, Enola's landlady, asks her for help with a cryptic message she recently received, Enola can't refuse. What information does this person think Mrs. Tupper has, and what is the connection to Scutari, the British headquarters in Turkey during the Crimean War? All Mrs. Tupper can say is that when she was younger, she and her husband journeyed to the Crimea so that her husband could sell goods to the soldiers there. Mr. Tupper died horribly of Crimean fever, and Mrs. Tupper survived with the help of the nurse who tended to her husband in his last hours.

Mrs. Tupper swears she doesn't know who sent the message or why they sent it, but whoever it is believes she must know something, because Enola returns home one evening to find that she's been kidnapped. Suddenly this case is a matter of life or death.

I liked the first half of this series well enough, despite my issues with Springer's version of Sherlock Holmes, but the second half of this series is turning out to be much better. I'm actually a little sad that I only have one more book to go after this one.

I really like it when Enola has a personal connection to the mystery she's investigating, and I got that in spades here. I wasn't expecting her to suddenly realize that Mrs. Tupper was a sort of mother figure to her, a more caring one than the mother who gave birth to her, but I kind of liked that development, and I'm hoping that it will make whatever happens between her and her mother in the final book less painful.

In general, I really liked Mrs. Tupper. I'd previously thought it was a little too convenient that she never seemed to ask questions about her strange lodger who sometimes came and went looking like a completely different person, so it was nice to learn that she wasn't quite as dense and unobservant as she'd seemed. Her backstory was tragic, and she was clearly a much stronger woman than I'd given her credit for, considering the life she'd managed to build for herself after what she went through during the Crimean War.

I know almost nothing about Florence Nightingale, so Springer's version of her didn't have to compete with any mental image I'd built up. Personally, I thought that the way Springer worked her into the story worked out extremely well.

And now for Sherlock. This was the first time in the series that Springer's Sherlock actually looked competent. He appeared when I'd have expected him to, and for once Springer didn't include a scene in which he saw important evidence but missed it simply because it had some feminine connection that made it beneath his notice.

There were still some spots that made me wince, like Sherlock's continued inability to recognize the reasons why Enola couldn't bring herself to fully trust him. This book also brought back the whole "tyranny of the tight corset" thing, which was apparently Enola's #1 reason for not wanting to be sent back to boarding school. By this point, I'd have thought that all the restrictions boarding school would put on her time and behavior would also be a concern, but what do I know?

At any rate, I enjoyed this entry in the series a lot, and I'm looking forward to reading the final book.

Extras:

An author's note about Florence Nightgale, an image explaining the code used in the book, and an excerpt from the next book.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Jan 27, 2021 |
Great series about Sherlock Holmes' younger sister, who is looking for her disappeared mother and pretending she is older than 14 and living by herself in London AND solving mysteries while trying to avoid getting caught by her brothers. ( )
  nicsreads | Sep 17, 2019 |
Enola finds herself in the middle of a new case when her landlady is kidnapped. Mrs. Tupper is deaf and is a horrible cook but she is the nearest thing Enola has in the way of family now that her mother has disappeared and her brothers are too eager to plan her life for her to want to have anything to do with them.

The seeds of this mystery were sown during the Crimean War when Mrs. Tupper was there with her husband who was selling things to the soldiers. Her husband caught one of the many illnesses rampant in the area and was in a hospital where Florence Nightingale was nursing. After her husband's death, Miss Nightingale arranged for Mrs. Tupper to return to England.

Now someone is quite interested in something that Mrs. Tupper inadvertently carried back home with her. Enola has to discover what Mrs. Tupper had, contact Florence Nightingale, discover her missing landlady and stay away from her brother Sherlock who is also on the case.

This was another excellent middle grade mystery with codes, disguises, daring deeds and all sorts of adventure set in Victorian England. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 24, 2017 |
On her fourteenth birthday, Enola Holmes (youngest sibling of Mycroft and Sherlock) woke to find that her mother had left in the night, leaving behind only a series of cryptic clues. To avoid being sent to boarding school, Enola flees her brothers' care and heads to London, where she alternately looks for her mother and solves mysteries. She is adept at interviewing witnesses, constructing disguises, and cryptography, yet she is still just fourteen. When her deaf old landlady (who has filled a mother's role for Enola) is kidnapped, Enola springs into action. She will stop at nothing to discover what happened to Mrs. Tupper and get her back.

Another wonderfully engaging adventure for Enola, rife with delightful historical details (like Mrs.T's pride in her window, though it costs her window taxes) and great interactions between Enola and Sherlock Holmes. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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